Sunday, September 30, 2007

Comic Con!

I went to the Stumptown Comics Fest today. It was located near downtown Portland, in a hotel. It was basically a huge gathering of local comics artists and comic shops, selling and displaying things. There were all manner of underground comics, one-panel cartoon cards, and manga. There were a few things there that were especially interesting, such as the character Onion Head Monster. Watch the above video to get a general idea of who Onion Head Monster is. It may take a while to load, but it's worth it.
I also bought this awesome brochure that was labeled "For Your Safety". This guy was selling a bunch of them. Basically, they have a diagram on each leaf that shows two pictures of a situation: what to do and what not to do. I, of course, got the one with the ninja. The top illustration shows a ninja breaking into an office building with his sword out, with an X next to the picture. The bottom illustration, accompanied by a checkmark, shows a woman pinning a nametag on the ninja in the lobby. It's generally awesome.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Scupper me chips, it's an update

Hello all, and welcome to the Occasional Update of The Yokai's Blog. Thank you for reading.
Well, as for school, it's been alright. I enjoy school, but absolutely HATE a. getting up in the morning and b. doing homework. Most of the teachers are okay, except the math and advisory teachers, who are jerks. I'm making some friends there as well, which is nice.
Otherwise, I'm even closer to finished with "A Grain of Sand", I recently upgraded all the art in it, so the scenery looks much better now. It should be done soon. As for the clay movie, I don't know when I'm even gonna get started on that...I have so many plans for I'm wishing I didn't spend $145 on the animation program, which isn't the greatest anyway. But "Sand" will be done soon, and it's gonna be awesome.
Speaking of movies, I've found some really awesome animations on Newgrounds. I really like Flash movies with a lot of action. Not necessarily violence, but with a lot going on. You'll see what I mean if you watch these masterpieces.

The YuYu is a truly amazing work by a retired Disney animator, with great music.

Future is a music video for a Japanese techno song. It looks 3D, but was done with just flash.

Metropolis Circuit Is like a combination of the previous two. Two people race each other through a futuristic city.

And finally, today is Talk Like A Pirate Day! Arr! Hence the title, me hearties.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

The first day of school

It was the first day of school today. Only the freshmen showed up, because since they were all new to the school this was the day to get to know the place, and familiarize themselves with the classes. I'm taking honors English and Global Studies (Whose teacher is a very witty African- American guy with a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a concealed weapons license--I can only imagine what the year will be like with him), Algebra, PE, Health Ed, Spanish, Physical Science, and a video production class.
The teachers all seem nice enough, although I can't say the same for the students, who generally kept to themselves. That's probably only because not very many of them know each other, hopefully it will get better over the year. Generally, though, things look pretty good. The classes don't seem too boring, there doesn't appear to be a huge homework load, and I can find the classrooms relatively easily. I just hope I still have some free time during weekdays.
So that's how things were. Tomorrow, everyone else will show up and regular classes will start , so then I'll really get to see what high school is like.